The Fires of Heaven

Book Five of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 5
Length: 36 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18,580 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection!

Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine. 

Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where the Amyrlin, Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan, is weaving new plans. 

Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon. 

Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril. 

For once the dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. 

And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs....

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

The Wheel of Time New Spring: The Novel

The Eye of the World

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising

The Fires of Heaven

Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords

The Path of Daggers

Winter's Heart

Crossroads of Twilight

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm

Towers of Midnight

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan 

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson 

The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons 

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk 

Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

©1993 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)

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The fires of Heaven

Possibly the best so far if your following the series. The "Great Hunt" a close second. No matter how they review you cannot pick up this book in the middle. If you've finished 1 thru 4 you should read "New Spring" before you do this one. Much insight and a real good story. In this one people are gone you would never have expected to be gone. Rand is slowly becoming someone you'd never recoginize from the first book. I just wish audible would not offer 9 out of 10 books in a series and leave out #5 for so long. The average member is not looking that far ahead when he/she starts out.
I've been waiting for this book a long time.

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The Fires From Heaven

Just seemed to drag on and on and on. Almost fell asleep several time until part 5, then everything happened at once.

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Men vs. Women

I have liked all of Jordan's book including this 5th book. The only complaint I have is constant reference that Men think Women are stupid and Women think Men are stupid. I think it is safe to say the there are times when we all share the this viewpoint but he uses it ALL the time in this 5th book. I also had some trouble following all the various path the many characters take. On the whole I have enjoyed Jordan's books and I will buy all the rest if they show up. It so involved a story you can't stop at Book 5. He makes the characters so real you can't help but want to know what happens.

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Come on with the gender wars already!!

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Experience and emotion.

Any additional comments?

Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.

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Great Series

I've really been enjoying this series, and was overjoyed to see that Audible got the unabridged version of the Fires of Heaven. I enjoyed this book immensely, and look forward to Audible getting the UNABRIDGED versions of the next 3 books (hint hint).

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slowly getting better

slowly getting better. but the author still has fits of going on and on about every little detail in the background. and of course the over bearing women and weak men. This is the first author I've wanted abridged versions from.

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Same stuff different book

So.. First book was fun because it was new..
Kids going on journeys with a nanny sorceress

With character names so similar it's so hard to keep track.. With main characters and others..
Melayne Moraine
Elaine, Egwaine.. it's a major Paine

General plot formula is same thing over and over (and over and over) :

Group of teens learning they have special abilities..

Adventure after adventure kids learn new abilities and find new magical items to fight new monsters.. As they meet new peoples in new lands

Teens repeatedly making rash decisions like teens do for their maturity level.. leading to a few teen relationship micro-dramas

But holy crap batman. Every book since the first is the same thing.. Following the teens over a course of years

This book introduces new magic monsters and abilities etc. in the same repetitive way with ONE new element

Teen crushes and dramas as their teen gonads rev up

If you're an adult the teen foibles might not add any enjoyment.. For teens I suppose it would be more relevant.

I quit.

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It's about time!

Man...these books are great! Michael and Kate need to hurry up and read FASTER! :) I have to agree that the unabridged versions are SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the abridged versions...don't even waste your time with them.

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So far the worse book of this series

I want to finish The Wheel of Time. But this book made me want to take a break before I move on to the 6th book. The story mostly focuses on Nanheve and Elayne and what it’s going through their head, which 95% of the time was what they were wearing or what they don’t want to wear. The book dragged on and on about nothing that moved the story forward the majority of the time. If this is how all the books from here on are going to be, I don’t think I can finish these series. I respect those Robert Jordan fans who love the story. But this book was an awful lot of nothing to do with the main plot line. Terrible.

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Great book for a long ride

I've enjoyed listening to the series so far. Sometimes the names get confusing (like "domaunie" the land and the girl that can channel but is on a leash) but the readers are great. Yes readerS... 2 of them. A woman for the mostly women parts and a man for the mostly men parts of the book. Its quite cleaver and is very enjoyable after you get used to it.
Sometimes Robert gets a little repetitive with the whole "smoothing a skirt" or other traits of a character but then that?s his style.
The story line is great and somewhat original.
I'd recommend this book to those that like Fantasy Books.

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  • Jules
  • 01-21-13

Transported to another world

I have read all the Wheel of Time novels before (more than once), but with the last book on its way, it was time to update myself on the story. This was made so much easier by plugging into audible. My family found it quite annoying as I spent so much time listening, but not to them.



I loved the double narration which divided the story into its male and female halves. And Robert Jordan's story, which I have been following since 1996, is an absolute winner. Love it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

😍

just take my money already. I love this series more each day. time after time

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  • A. May
  • 12-26-12

Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic.

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

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  • barnhouse
  • 09-11-20

Another great one in the series

I keep waiting for the quality to drop off with these books but I've read 4 in a row now and just can't stop. Brilliant, I found Robert Jordan only recently R.I.P from what I learn he was a great dedicated author. Now for book 7

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-20

Maybe a bit to much foreshadowing

Another good book in the series just guessed the end way before it happened

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  • Peter L.
  • 07-04-20

One of the best

The story continues to develop, with Rand becoming more of what he must be. The others continue to aid in their own unique ways.

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  • Panda
  • 06-04-20

Rand Al-Thor - Conqueror

Loved this book! the continuing adventures of Rand Al-Thor and friends, in this book Rand Al-Thor begins to come of age, to realise the power he wields

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-20

Too much misandry.

Nynaeve is a terrible character in this book, far too much men vs. women

Too much complaining and nagging about men.

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  • Gary Pullen
  • 05-10-20

Favourite so far

Book 5 is my favourite so far, real action packed, an excellent listen! I'm very excited to download book 6.

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  • James Ungar-Atherton
  • 03-13-20

Great Read

Another gem in this immersive series. A great departure from the frenetic reality we all try to exist in...

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  • Richard McKenna1
  • 02-04-19

much better. I was ready to give it up but...

much better than the last. worth moving onto the next. I am surprised as the writing style seems to have changed, almost faster or more directional rather than the circles of before

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  • timothy
  • 05-29-17

Fantastic book and series

So addictive the more you read and the last few books in this series is epic

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-19

my thoughts

2nd time through and it is still brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant and once again brilliant.

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  • Kristopher
  • 12-11-14

Great characters and story, however...

Such a great story with so many things happening and I really want to know whats happening next. Though the female characters are nearly always complaining and whining that it's hard to like any of them and found myself getting frustrated because of it. Was read very well as usual and despite my negative points, I'm listening to the next one.

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  • Matthew
  • 09-18-20

90% boring

This series has so much potential but a huge portion of the books are flat out boring. The book needs to be half the length with the best scenes polished up.

A certain major character dies and it’s so anti climactic. I can’t help but feel that the author was rushed at the end which is ridiculous given the amount of boring content that the rest of the book is made up of.

Rand’s storyline is the only saving grace because he’s a good character. The storyline of the women is boring and more than half of the book is focused on them. Very sad.

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  • Kerry G. Bolton
  • 04-26-20

Far too pondorous and silly sexist remarks.

Overall story arc is good but way too many characters commenting on what they percieve is the opposite sex’s viewpoint. Who cares? Rather distracting and I feel simply pads the story out. It’s fine to establish a characters viewpoint and flaws etc but it seems half the book is filled with silly comments on what/how the opposite sex thinks. Generalisations galore.
Also the actual action scenes are rather short and lacking detail yet we get pages and pages on boring bits in between.
I give the overall series so far a 5 out of 10 simply because of these.

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  • Matthew Dyke
  • 04-13-20

WoT

It's the Wheel of Time probably the best Fantasy story ever written. Loved every moment of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-16

Frustrating

There is too much repeating from previous books to make this a really good listen. The characters should just talk to each other and the whole thing would be done, most frustrating

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